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                 RUIDOSO DOWNS
 Zia QH Derby (RG2)
Photos by Ruidoso Downs, Bailey Ivey
 Big Daddy Cartel
 Corona Cartel
 Miss Racy Eyes
 Start Somethin Bad
  Doing Something Good, a bay son of Big Daddy Cartel racing for J & SM Inc. of Fort Stockton, Texas, won the July 22, $205,420 Zia Derby (RG2) for New Mexico-bred 3-year- old Quarter Horses at Ruidoso Downs.
Racing under rainy skies on a sloppy and sealed track, Doing Something Good covered 400 yards in :19.706, and his margin of victory was a neck from Pick Your Pour. Noe Garcia Jr. rode the gelding for trainer Fred Danley.
Doing Something Good was the fourth- fastest qualifier from six Zia Derby trials run on July 8. The gelding was bred by Mac and Janis Murray’s MJ Farms at Veguita, New Mexico, and he was purchased by J & SM Inc. for $110,000 at the 2021 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale. His sire, Big Daddy Cartel, is a 14-year- old son of Corona Cartel and the graded stakes winning Mr Eye Opener mare Miss Racy Eyes.
Racing in 2011, Big Daddy Cartel earned $121,800 from five starts, and he was a finalist in the Grade 1 All American and Rainbow futurities. The stallion has sired the earners
of more than $18.4 million from eight crops, including multiple graded stakes winner and 2017 All American Futurity (G1) runner-up Bigg Daddy, and multiple graded stakes winner Cat Daddys Lil Girl. He is owned by and stands for a $7,000 fee at MJ Farms.
Doing Something Good is out of Start Somethin Bad, a 9-year-old daughter of
Pappasito who won the 2017 La Primera del Ano Derby (G3) at Los Alamitos. The gelding is a half brother to Doin Something Right, a son of Eye Am King who ran third in last year’s $100,000 New Mexico State Fair Juvenile Stakes (R), and Wood Be Bad, a Woodbridge gelding who ran third in the April 1, $365,728 New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2).
Doing Something Good’s third dam, Shirleys Signature, was an unplaced daughter of The Signature. Shirleys Signature produced Just Wanna Be Me, a stakes-winning and graded stakes placed Dash To Chivato mare and the dam of multiple stakes winner Tortuga Tony. The gelding traces back to his fourth dam, Shirley B Gayle, a Shirley’s Champion (TB) mare who won the ‘83 Golden State Derby (G1) at Bay Meadows.
Doing Something Good has won four of 13 starts -- including four of nine at Ruidoso Downs -- and the $86,276 winner’s share
of the purse from his first career stakes
score pushed his bankroll to $355,416. Doing Something Good was a finalist in
the February 25, $143,955 West Texas Derby (G3) at Sunland Park, and last year’s All American (G1), Zia (RG1), and New Mexican Spring (RG2) futurities.
White Knight finished third, a half of
a length behind Doing Something Good, and was followed by Jenavi, Devons Cartel,
Codex, Dash Flash, Major Game, and Talbott. Cruzin For Chicks, the fastest qualifier, was listed by the Equibase chart as a trainer scratch.
Pick Your Pour pocketed the $36,976 runner-up share of the purse for his owners, Orlando Granillo, Azucena Mendoza, and Rene Mendoza. A $25,000 buy at the 2021 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale, the Jesse James Jr gelding has won four of seven starts ad has earned $265,750.
White Knight banked the $20,542 third-place share of the purse for his owner, Jose Moreno, who purchased the sorrel Eye Am King gelding for $45,000 at the ‘21 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale. White Knight has won two of seven starts and has earned $46,922.
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